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Much adoe about Nothing.

^Hui primus, Scena prima.

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Lcarne in this Lectcr, that Tlon Peter of jirrtt- goH^ come* this night to Mf(ftnA. Mejf. He is very nccrc by this : he was not three Leagues off when 1 left him. Lee», How many Gentlemen hauc you loft in this action? Mejf. But few of any fort, and none of name. Le»H. A viSorie is twice it felfc, when the acchicuer brings home full numbcri : I finde heere, that Don Pt- tn hath beftowed much honor oa a yong Florenttnt ji%' led Claudio. MtffM.xch defcru'd on his part,and equally rcmem- bied by Don Ptdro,eh.n borne himfelfe beyond the promife of his age, doing in the figure of a Lambc, the feats of a Lion, he hath indecde better bettrcd expedta- tion, then you muft expedi of me to tell you how. Lto. He hath an Vncklc becre in liiejp»*^yi' be very much glad of ir. Tiie^, I haue alreadie deliuercd him letters, and there appearcs much ioy in him, euen fo much, that ioy'could not fhew it fclfe moded enough, without a badg of bic- terncfle. Leo. Didhebreakeoutintoteares? Me^. In great meaftire. Leo. A kmde ouerflow ofkindncfle, there are no fa- ces truer, then thofe that are fo wafh'd, how much bet- ter is it to weepe at ioy.then to ioy at weeping? Be*. I pray you, is Signior Motmtant* return'd from thcwirrcjjOrrvo? MefJ'. I know none of that name, Lady, there wai none fuch in the armie of any fort. LeoM. Whatishethatyouaskefor Necce? Hero. My coufin meanes Signior Benedick o? Padua ^ejf. O he's return'd, and as pleafant as euer he was. Beift, He fet »p his bils here ia MeJftnafiL challeng'd Cupid at the Flight : and my Vnckles foole reading the Challenge, fubfcrib'd for Cupid, and challeng'd him at thcBucbolt. I pray you, how many hath hce kil'd and eaten in tliefc watres/Buthow many hath he kiPd ? for indeed, I promis'd to eate all ofhis killing. Ltin. 'Faith Necce, you taie Signior Bcnedickc too much, but hec'l be meet with you, I doubt it not. MtJf.Hc hath done good feruice Lady in tlicfe wars. £eat. You hadmufty vi(Suall,-andhe hathholpc to ease it: he's a very v»liant Trencher-man, hce hath an excellent flomacke. T^efp. Andagood fouldici too La'ly. Beat, And a good fouldier co a Lady. But vshat is he to a Lord ? A-feJf. A Lord to a Lord, a nan to a man, nuft with all honourable vertues. Beat, It it fo indeed, he isnolefle then • ftuftnan.* but for the fluffing well, we are alt mortall. leoit. Youmuftnot (fir)miftakemy Neecc, there is a kind of merry war betwixt Signior Benedick, & licr : they neuer meet, but there's a $ktrmi(h of wit between them. Bra, Alas,he gets nothing by that. Inourlaftcon- flift, foure ofhis nue wits went halting off, and now is the whole man goucrn'd with one : io that if hec haue wit enoughtokccpe himfelfe warme, let him bcare it for a ditlFereDcc betwecne himfelfe and hit horfe : For it is all the wealth that he hath left, to beknowne a reafo- nable creature. Who is his companion now? He hath euery month a new fworne brother. Mef I'stpoflible? Beat. Very eafilypolTible: he weares his faith but as the fa{hion ofhis hat, it euer changet with ^ nextblock. fji^ejf, I fee (Lady) the Gentlemauis not in your booket. Tea. ^7o,and he were, I would burne my fiudy. But I pray you, who is his companion ? Is (hero no young fquarev now," that will make a voyage with him to the diucll ? LMeJf. He it roofl in the company of the right noble ClaHciio, "Beat. O Lord, he will bang vpon him like a difeafe : he is fooncr caught then the penitence, and the taker rnns prefentiy mad. God helpe the noble Claitdit, if nee haue caught the Benedict, it will cod him a (houfaod pound crc he be cur'd. Mejf. I will hold friends with you Lady, Bea. Dogoodftiend. Leo. You'l ne're run mad Ncece. Bea. No, not till a hot January. Meff. Dan Peir$ is approadi'd. Enter dm Pedro, C/aKdio,Be>ndick£, Balteafer, and lobu the baftard. Pedro. Good Signior Leenato, you are come to meet- your trouble: the falh ion ofthe world is to auoidcoft, and you encounter it. Leon. Neuer came trouble to my boiife in the likeoes of your Grace : for trouble being gone, comfort fliould remaine : but when you dcpan from aje,forrow abide*, and happinclfe taKc« his leaue.